Breast Implant Removal


Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal is a plastic surgery procedure designed for women who are looking to get rid of their breast implants. Some women may choose to have their implants removed due to breast prosthesis related complications or health concerns. Women who previously had breast augmentation may also simply feel that they no longer need to have their implants.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans achieve their goals with breast implant removal. Your Surgeon works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will produce the desired outcome.

Who Is A Candidate For Breast Implant Removal In Baton Rouge?

Women may choose to receive an implant removal procedure for the following reasons:

  • Fix problems after breast augmentation such as excessive scar tissue (capsular contracture), malfunction of the implant, or general unhappiness with the implants.
  • Over time, some women may prefer their original breast size and thus choose to restore their normal look.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will listen to your concerns and evaluate to establish whether this procedure is for you. Dr. Ruston takes each patient case as unique and works to create an individualized treatment plan to achieve a natural, desirable aesthetic look.

Recall of ALCL Textured Implants

On July 24th of 2019, breast implant manufacturer Allergan announced a worldwide recall of their BIOCELL textured implants. This was in response to an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) finding showing that these implants may increase the risk for a rare form of lymphoma cancer known as ALCL (anaplastic large-cell lymphoma). While a significant development, this recall only affected about 5 percent of implants used in the U.S market.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez does not use Allergan textured BIOCELL models and other types of implants whose safety has been put into question. Furthermore, Dr. Ruston encourages all Baton Rouge and Louisiana women who are concerned about the safety of their implants – or who are experiencing worrying symptoms – to contact him for an evaluation.

Surgical Technique

During the surgery,Dr. Ruston Sanchez will focus on removing the implant as well as the surrounding scar tissue. This scar tissue normally forms after breast augmentation and can cause discomfort and other conditions. Depending on the needs of the patient, the surgeon may also perform additional procedures such as fat transfer to achieve the desired softness and natural feel in the breast area. A breast lift procedure can also be performed to address sagging breasts. Dr. Ruston Sanchez uses advanced surgical techniques to achieve optimal results while minimizing the risk of scarring and other complications.

Types of Implant Removal

Dr. Ruston Sanchez has a range of implant removal options available at his disposal. The specific method used will be determined by the needs of the patient.

Implant removal with capsulectomy

This entails the removal of the breast implant and the surrounding scar tissue (capsule). This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours to complete.

Implant removal with breast lift

The surgeon may choose to perform a breast lift along with your implant removal/capsulectomy procedure. This may be common with patients who wish to address sagging breast issues. If need be, the surgeon will also reposition the areola for a better aesthetic appearance. If you are looking to get rid of your implants while also maintaining a perkier breast appearance, this is the recommended procedure option.

Implant Removal

Baton Rouge Breast Implant Removal Procedure Steps

During the surgery, Dr. Ruston Sanchez and his team undertake the following steps to complete the procedure:

Anesthesia administration – Dr. Ruston’s full-time anesthesiologist will administer intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for your comfort levels during the surgery. The surgeon and his team will take your medical history and other factors into consideration to determine the best sedation option.

Incision sites – the surgeon will place an incision along your inframammary fold where it is well hidden. Where possible,Dr. Ruston Sanchez will use the initial incision site that was made during your original breast augmentation surgery.

Implant removal – the surgeon will then get rid of the implant along with the surrounding scar tissue (if necessary). During this step, Your Surgeon employs his extensive experience in plastic surgery to perform a clean procedure with minimal risk of scarring and other side effects.

Closing the incisions – once the implant is removed, the surgeon will close the skin incisions. Because your breasts are now without implants, they will have a different shape profile. Dr. Ruston Sanchez and his team will keep in place over a couple of hours for observation before you are allowed to go home to continue with recovery.

After Surgery

Following your LA breast implant removal surgery, you can expect to experience a degree of pain, swelling, and other discomforts as your body starts the healing process. Dr. Ruston Sanchez may administer pain medication to help improve your comfort level throughout recovery. While you are encouraged to move around as soon as you can to promote blood flow, strenuous activities should be avoided until you get the go-ahead from your surgeon. You may be able to get back to routine daily activities after 2-3 weeks. Keep in mind though that it may take up to 5 months for the outcome of this procedure to be evident.

Meet Your Surgeon, Louisiana Breast Implant Removal Specialist

Your Surgeon takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Sanchez’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your implant removal procedure.

Average Cost

Varies by patient

Average Recovery Time

2 – 3 weeks

Average Procedure Time

Same Day


Breast Implant Removal Baton Rouge FAQs

Should I have an “en bloc” capsulectomy?

When a breast implant is placed, the body forms a thin layer of scar tissue around the implant. This is normal and expected, and surgeons refer to this tissue as the breast capsule. A capsulectomy refers to the surgical excision of this capsule. “En bloc” literally means “as a whole.” Thus, “en bloc capsulectomy” describes a technique where the entire capsule is removed in one piece with the implant inside. Compared to a simple capsulectomy, this technique is more complex, requires longer operative times, and usually requires a longer incision. It is not always practical or safe to perform an en bloc capsulectomy, particularly when there is only a very thin layer of capsule fused to the ribs and chest wall muscles. En bloc capsulectomy may be recommended in a few specific circumstances, such as BIA-ALCL or those with a ruptured implant. Otherwise, many surgeons view this as an unnecessary risk since the implant and entire capsule can still be removed in entirety during a complete simple capsulectomy. Dr. Ruston Sanchez can answer other questions you may have and help you decide which approach is best for you.

What are the risks?

Just like any other surgery, breast implant removal comes with its share of risks. These include the formation of scar tissue, breast sagging, and loss of sensation. Patients can minimize the risk of these risks and complications by working with a highly-skilled plastic surgeon. Dr. Ruston Sanchez has performed countless implant removal procedures that have been safe and aesthetically appealing.

How much does breast implant removal cost?

How much does breast implant removal cost?
The cost of your breast implant removal procedure will be determined by several things, including the type of removal and facility fees. During your initial consultation visit to Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s office, his team will create a cost estimate to help you get ready for this procedure.

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